The Black Hole Initiative (BHI) is an interdisciplinary center at Harvard University involving a collaboration between Principal Investigators (PIs) from the fields of Astronomy (Sheperd Doeleman, Avi LoebRamesh Narayan and Priyamvada Natarajan), Physics (Andrew Strominger and Netta Engelhardt),
Mathematics (Shing-Tung Yau) and Philosophy (Peter Galison). 

The BHI is the first worldwide center to focus on the study of black holes.

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Faculty Spotlight

Prof. Ramesh Narayan

Ramesh Narayan

Senior Faculty, Black Hole Initiative
Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, Harvard University

Research Interests: Gravitational lensing; accretion disks; black holes; gamma-ray bursts.


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BHI Inauguration, April 2016

Innauguration     Painting

In April 2016 Stephen Hawking visited Harvard for the inauguration of the BHI and rubbed John Harvard's shoe for good luck with the BHI funding and activities. Robbert Dijkgraaf, the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, generously created a mural dedicated to the BHI which was unveiled at the "BHs@100" festivities.